Field boost as storm clouds gather over Snettisham village fete
Snettisham’s annual village fete on the playing fields opened under blue skies on Saturday, but a drenching downpour forced it to close early.
But it didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. It still left plenty of time for everyone to enjoy all the fun of a traditional village fete, an annual event popular with both residents and summer visitors.
“It’s a not-for-profit fun day out for the village,” said co-ordinator, Rachael Edwards early on.
“We’re delighted the weather is better than the forecast.”
Organised by the parish council and with the aid of parish council and the village’s Memorial Hall volunteers, the afternoon provided a wide range of activities.
A fun dog show attracted a lot of attention and there was something for everyone, including the chance to win everything from a Mini car to enjoying a Pimms or a more humble cup of tea, cake or a burger.
Classic cars, organised by Sam Benton, were on display and many local organisations and charities took advantage of the event to raise money for their own organisations.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers had a stand as did Guide Dogs for the Blind whilst the Talk and Torc Quilters proffered their hand-made creations in aid of the East Anglian Children’s Hospice.
Snettisham’s Royal British Legion were there raising money for their hall which overlooks the playing fields and which needs £10,000 to mend a leaky roof.
There were the perennial favourites like face-painting stall and ice-cream and competitions for both young and old.
“Not only is it a good day out but it is also a good opportunity for all the village organisations to come along and both raise funds and awareness of their themselves,” said parish clerk, Simon Bower.
The crowded playing field, full of families and their children, suggested these village organisations did not go home empty-handed.